A recent federal court ruling has sent shockwaves through tribal businesses participating in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program, a vital source of revenue for many. The ruling’s impact, stemming from a lawsuit by a white-owned business, has led to the suspension of new 8(a) applications, causing anxiety for tribal contracting units.

The ruling challenges the program’s core presumption of social disadvantage, prompting the SBA to review its policies. While the agency is committed to supporting the program, the uncertainty around its future has tribal entrepreneurs on edge.

Read the full article on our website for in-depth insights into the implications of this ruling on tribal businesses in federal contracting.

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